Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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What kind of things are important for a concert to be enjoyable?

10 Things Classical Audiences Want

The enthusiasm of the performers is paramount. If they look as if they’re enjoying what they are doing, and they can convey that sense of enjoyment to the audience, then it’s made it into a live experience.

Seeing performers’ energy/commitment increases audience members’ engagement/enjoyment. An unexpectedly prominent theme was the enjoyment that both seasoned and novice attenders gleaned from watching performers who themselves seem to be enjoying, and engaged in, the performance.

If the performers are involved and enthusiastic, then you feel that you’ve really gone to a concert that is a very satisfying, integrated experience, rather than just sort of looking at it from the outside. Something that takes you off the street into the world of the concert hall.

Another survey found that concert goers’ emotional needs include the need for stimulation/excitement, escape/fantasy, catharsis/release (“thrill”, “frisson”) and intensity/intimacy/passion. They expect a lot. How do we provide that?
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Classical Audiences Want Themed Programming

The theme creates an arc during a concert that engages all listeners, regardless of their level of music literacy. When people are presented with a series of ideas, they instinctively form connections. When the connections are obvious, a whole audience will walk away with the same set of obvious connections. 

Themed concerts can create a ‘collective experience’ among audience members as a key determinant of ‘performance quality.’ This can greatly enhance the ‘affective experience’, or simply ‘enjoyment of the performance as a whole’.

All pieces of music tell stories. They emanate from a certain cultural milieu, and if nothing else, they describe stories of their own creation. In shaping a program around a theme, any theme, one considers that the music itself becomes limited by the idea which it serves. On the contrary, this new storytelling idea, itself often contained within larger ones, and filled with other smaller stories, can inspire and move the participants into a new journey, a fresh relationship.

What is a Theme and Why is it Important? A theme is a dominant thought, a unifying vision, a moral. It is the central idea behind your concert. A themecommunicates a kind of truth about the way human beings act, think, or feel.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.   Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here. #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Questions galore

Each of my students is asked to prepare at least three questions for each of their lessons. It is a great teaching/learning tool for student and teacher. Following are several from last week.

“Where did the word “organ” come from? The word organ is derived from the Greek όργανον (organon), a generic term for an instrument or a tool, via the Latin organum, an instrument similar to a portative organ used in ancient Roman circus games.

OK. What is a portative organ?
A portative is a small pipe organ  that consists of one rank of flue pipes, sometimes arranged in two rows, to be played while strapped to the performer at a right angle. The performer manipulates the bellows with one hand and fingers the keys with the other. The portative organ lacks a reservoir to retain a supply of wind, thus it will only produce sound while the bellows are being operated. The instrument was commonly used in European secular music from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.Doesn’t this sound a lot like the organ we built at theOrgelkids workshop?
What is the longest organ piece ever composed?The longest music piece in the world is being performed in the city of Halberstadt in Germany: John Cage’s composition for organORGAN2/ASLSP – As SLow aS Possible – is resounding here in an extreme interpretation of 639 years, that means until the year 2640!Check it out at:https://universes.art/en/specials/john-cage-organ-project-halberstadt/
What is the most wonderful instrument you, Jeannine, have ever played?Ah…that was the gorgeous organ built by the Swiss organ firm, Goll Orgelbau, located in the Marktkirche in Hanover, Germany. Simply stunning and a joy to play!

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels.  With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.   #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert
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Around the World in 80 Minutes – organ and multimedia concert experience

Around the World in 80 Minutes Organ and Multimedia concert experience

Around the World in 80 Minutes – a fast-moving concert featuring unique global organ repertoire by native composers and is as exciting as it sounds. A great journey that transcends the boundaries of countries, religions, nationalities, time periods and styles. Bringing people together through music, visuals and the grandeur of the organ. A story celebrating the fascinating diversity of the music of the world. 
This concert is performed in a rich multimedia format, with 5 cameras, computers and lighting, which makes it even more captivating and engaging for the audience. They become one with the story and they love it.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.   #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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